MEDIAPRO us and TELEVISA sign co-production agreement for the Mexican, U.S. and international market

MEDIAPRO U.S. and Televisa have signed an agreement to develop and co-produce a minimum of three original premium series. The deal between both companies was struck at the end of 2018 and spans a 3 year period.

“Closing a long-term co-development agreement with Televisa is a strategic step for us and we look forward to join our creativity and experience with their talent and maturity to develop these amazing series for a worldwide audience”, said Laura Fernández Espeso, Head of International Content of MEDIAPRO.

Under the agreement, both companies will participate in the development of various premium series. Production of each project will be carried out by Televisa in Mexico, while MEDIAPRO will be in charge of the creative direction making it possible to produce a product on an international scale.

The deal also includes that all new content development, created specifically for Televisa market or a third party broadcaster, will be first distribute in the Mexican and U.S. market and then will be distributed internationally. Thus, in order to boost these new contents with Televisas’s audience leadership.

“It is a pleasure that MEDIAPRO allows us to have their support and experience to keep diversifying our content portfolio. We are sure this partnership will contribute to strengthen and consolidate our global presence”, pointed Patricio Wills, President and Head of Studio of Televisa Estudios.

The first original project is “Unwanted”, a scripted series created by Ran Tellem, a primetime Emmy Award-winning producer on “Homeland” and current Head of International Content Development at MEDIAPRO, and Mariano Baselga, Executive Producer of “El Internado”. The series is being co-developed between Televisa and MEDIAPRO under the creative direction of Camila Misas, Content Director for Televisa and Mariano Baselga from Mediapro Spain. “Unwanted” tells the story of two families, from very different backgrounds, whose lives will change drastically after a subrogate pregnancy takes the most unexpected turn. The talented Susana Casares, a writer known for hit series “Luis Miguel”, wrote the series.

The second original series to launch is “Stroke”, created by Oficina Burman. It is a fictional series telling the story of a man who wanted everything and felt he could do it all while balancing two divorces, several children and a hectic daily life. All seems in order until an extraordinary event turns his world upside down and presents new challenges. The 62-episode series will air in 2020 in Televisa’s ‘Canal de las Estrellas’ in Mexico and Univision in the U.S. The creative team of this production is led by Argentina’s Daniel Burman, who currently holds the position as Head of Content for MEDIAPRO in the U.S.RO allows us to have their support and experience to keep diversifying our content portfolio. We are sure this partnership will contribute to strengthen and consolidate our global presence”, pointed Patricio Wills, President and Head of Studio of Televisa Estudios.

Irantzu Díez Gamboa, General Manager of MEDIAPRO US added, “We are very pleased to co-produce this high-end product with top of the line content leader, Televisa. Project collaboration between both companies ensures this series, as well as additional ones to come, will provide the premium quality content that today’s viewers demand”.

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Televisa improves local News and increases Live ENG reports

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced Televisa, the largest mass media company in Hispanic America, has purchased 25 JVC ProHD Wireless Bridge bonded video-over-IP units to transmit live ENG field reports from 21 different markets throughout Mexico.

The first unit was tested last year at XEFB in Monterrey; now, there are three Wireless Bridge units at XEFB and three at XHG in Guadalajara, with the rest assigned to 19 other Televisa Regional stations.

According to Gabriel Herran Galaviz, Televisa technical director of regional stations, news crews are very happy with the JVC news-over-IP solution. “Before this, it was very complicated to produce a live report because we needed a microwave truck – and it cost a lot of money and required a lot of resources,” he explained. “Now they can report from anywhere using one of our fleet vehicles.”

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Previously, Televisa had used its JVC GY-HM850 ProHD cameras to send files via FTP, but the Bridge investment has allowed its news stations to provide more live reports for their viewers.

“We think that we don’t need to buy microwave trucks anymore,” Galaviz said. “Although we depend on the bandwidth and service of the 4G providers, we think this is the best solution for the moment.”

Compatible with JVC’s ProHD and 4KCAM streaming camera models, the ProHD Wireless Bridge is ideal for broadcasts that require high reliability and camera mobility. Each camera in the system is equipped with a transceiver module, which plugs directly into the camera’s USB connector and operates up to 2,000 feet from the vehicle-mounted base station. The cellular uplink with high-gain antenna turns the vehicle into a remote broadcasting hub, receiving signals from one or more field cameras and creating a virtual private network (VPN) for secure transmission.

Broadcasters like Televisa can equip all their fleet vehicles with ProHD Wireless Bridge systems and direct them to a single IP address. While the stations in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana have their own IP routers, the other 18 stations use a cloud-based Peplink FusionHub virtual appliance to connect their cameras to a Zixi cloud-based server, which routes live footage to a JVC BR-DE800 ProHD decoder at each station.

The Wireless Bridge units were installed primarily for local news, but Galaviz said they could be used for commercial projects as well as Univision content for U.S. audiences as well. Televisa is already planning to invest in more ProHD Bridge units.

“We are very happy with this solution,” Galaviz added.

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Beyond the Wireless Bridge, JVC offers the Dockable Bridge that connects directly to 800 Series cameras and the handheld Portable Bridge, which is powered by AC or attached Anton/Bauer battery. Unlike other bonded solutions, ProHD Bridge products allow live streaming from multiple cameras to HD-SDI decoders or servers at a central location, as well as CDNs like JVCVIDEOCLOUD and Facebook Live. JVC will demonstrate its entire line of ProHD Bridge products at the 2018 NAB Show (Booth C4315) next month in Las Vegas.

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Production Control Rooms for Televisa in Mexico

At Televisa, one of the most important broadcasters in Mexico and the biggest content producer in Spanish of the world, SI Media has provided a complete turnkey solution for 3 of their Regional Production Control Rooms.

The system has been deployed by SI Media directly at the customer facility.

Key Points:

  • More than 40 users using the NRCS
  • 2 Regional Sites with their own PCRs, connected to the Central Site, sharing same MAM and DB
  • Turnkey solution from ingest to playout through MAM and NRCS in an highly integrated workflow
  • Social Media integration with automated upload on Televisa accounts
  • Thanks to the full support of software provider SI Media and a great cooperation with the Tech Dept. of Televisa, the migration from the previous NRCS to SI Media’s MediaNews was completed very quickly: it took less than 3 weeks to be 100% generating the Rundowns and On Air with the new system

The workflow is composed by several servers and workstations Supermicro.

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More than 40 users work every day with MediaNews to create stories, prepare rundown and manage all the media of the redaction (video, audio, images, documents..).

The mobile app iMediaNews for both Android and iOS plays a fundamental role to speed-up the ingest of the footages and the production of the stories, especially when they come from a remote location.

The story life of the contents is managed by SI Media from the ingest, both base band based through 2 MediaRec workstations and file ingest from TAPES, portable cards such as XD Cam, P2, ftp servers, directly from the web and from all the interfaced SONY Vegas NLE stations.

The structure of SI Media system, with the deep integration between MAM and NRCS, allowed to cover a complete end-to-end workflow.
The schema requested by Televisa was addressed to manage 3 different sites with a unique system: in the central site of Tijuana are located the redundant Database, the central storage, the MAM\NRCS servers and the main PCR with a MediaNewsPlayer equipped with a Matrox Card Xmio; the two remoted sites, Mexicali and Ensenada, have also their own PCRs too: the Rundonws are generated with the MediaNews Web (browser application) by the journalists, who can also export the bulletin to the dedicated Teleprompters (one per sites). The contents are loaded by SI Media MAM into the remote MediaNewsPlayers, that for those facilities are working with AJA Cards Corvid 22.

In addition to this, using our certified Mos Protocol SI Media has interfaced and integrated 3 Teleprompters from Autocue and the graphics engine provided by Ross, which is remotely controlled by SI Media MediaDevice.

The customer goes on air with 7 bulletins and live editions per day from the central site, besides with SI Media NRCS are generated and managed 3 news editions from the regional sites.

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The 3 sites are connected via Fiber Channel, allowing high-speed transfers of the contents and an efficient sharing of the material.

The plug-ins for the Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and for Youtube make easier to publish directly to the account of Televisa the stories that the journalists select from the MediaNews interface, also thanks to the transcoder farm with the MediaStore Coder module.

The whole process of configuration, installation, testing, training and commissioning took less than 3 weeks: in this time they abandoned the previous system, and they started producing every news edition with SI Media platform.

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